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High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Sep 5 1976, Page 126

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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1976, High Point, North Carolina16b High Point Enterprise sunday september 5, 1976 dockside mail delivery reminiscent of another Era by Kendal Weaver associated press writer Magnolia Springs Ala Days a week Kenneth Bud Snyder climbs into his weather beaten boat starts the motor Heads into the mag Nolia River and returns America to another Era a Calmer More personal Era an Era in which mailman like Bud Snyder uttered Down the backwaters of sleepy River communities like this one to deliver letters into mail boxes posted at the end of each Dock it is a scene that elsewhere has All but faded away like milk bottles on the Doorstep and country doctors dropping by to read a fever it almost faded away Here but the 105 families on Snyder s River postal route staged a Battle to keep it they fought against Amanca in a hurry and they won they said they could Speed up the delivery of mail if it was done by car but the last thing we wanted was to Speed up life said one of the River residents Gould Beech we wanted to try to slow Down the Pace of life to preserve some values today Snyder s postal route Down Placid Baldwin county Waters lined by cypresses magnolias and Oaks Shaw led in Spanish Moss is one of the last River routes in the country and it s rarer still because it s run year round and All 12 Miles of it Are on water the u s postal service says that almost All other such Star water Are Only 125 still in sex either seasonal or include some land deliveries the route begun in 1912 has been handled Over the years by nine mail carriers including one woman a Star route is one contracted out Side civil service and when Snyder. Six years on the Job prepared to bid for a new contract last year with the postal service the end of the water route seemed in sight postal officials in Mobile said it might be cheaper and More efficient to deliver letters by car when that change was suggested said Beech it was like two eras colliding we raised As much com motion As we could said Beech petitions were signed Congress was implored Cost comparisons were made there was never any pre Cise figure of any savings by changing it said Beech Snyder also said he drove the route by car one Day and found it was 37 times longer than by took him four hours to Complete he runs his route in about two hours on water besides said Beech to walk to the Dock on the River for your mail is a lot More refreshing to the human spirit than to turn Inland and walk to the Road we identify with the River he said there Are Odd problems with deliveries by boat there May be alligators in the Marsh or Loose pilings by the docks and if you drop a letter at the pier you can count on it being lost or soggy i did drop a letter one Day said Ann Stewart a River resident whose husband Jim runs the local radio Sta Tion and fought to keep the water route there was quite a current i did t have my glasses on and when i finally saw it it was a ways Down the River but i noticed it was a win Dow envelope so i did t worry Heck it As just a Bill ram too is a problem it Dampens Bud s clothes but not his spirits i just get wet and come Home Bysom if and change when i m through he said he tucks the mail under a plastic Gai Bage can liner when showers threaten his boat a 16-foot runabout with a 50 horsepower motor has stalled in route a time or two that meant the mail was delayed while the postman was towed in for repairs but Gould Beech did t worry we re perfectly Happy to get our mail when it he said Snyder looks on the River route with ambivalence i guess i do it More or less As a he said however it is a tradition in this Par of the country and i feel like i m part of that tradition Snyder 52, seems shaped by tradition himself he s right out of the Good Ole boy Mold a husky balding Man. He s a member of the sheriff s flotilla and along with his postal chores in the morning he drives a school bus and he makes deliveries for Sears Beech meanwhile said everybody along the River is a character of some sort one resident he said is a direct descendant of the weeks family that settled in this coastal area 125 years ago and had nearby weeks Bay named after them Beech has Only lived Here about three he honeymooned Here 41 years ago about 100 Yards from where his present Home stands i always been attached to the he said even when away a sense of tradition per Vades the quiet Shady Woods and Waters of Magnolia Springs the Community in South Baldwin county near the Gulf coast stands on land where the turpentine enterprises of Magnolia Plantation once flourished the first Post office was located at the Plantation in 1878 today history is reflected at the tiny Post office in a different Way Only one president s picture is Dis played in the Truman he appointed Post mistress Pauline Sandum in 1949 the water route was established in 1912 because it was impossible for some residents then to reach the Post office except by boat or by horseback Over Sticky red Clay ground the reasons for preserving it were different 63 years later Beech said residents could t have justified keeping it if there had been a substantial Cost to the government involved but he said there was t his wife Mary concluded they finally decided that the Sawings might be minor compared with the values involved postal officials m Mobile meanwhile have decided not to tamper with Magnolia Springs and to let history run its least a while longer Sears shop monday 00 . 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